In this teaching we are going to see that favour starts with becoming a son and daughter of God, and favour grows with wise decisions, waking in humility, seeking God and activating faith.
1. The Difference Between Grace and Favour.
A. Grace is a gift that comes UPON us.
And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.Luke 2:40
Grace is a free gift that is simply given to us.
B. Favour grows on the basis of wise decisions made:
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men.Luke 2:52
Favour 102 is how we grow in favour with mankind, which is also important if we want to grow our ministries.
2. Favour Comes from Being a Son or Daughter of God
A. God is a good Father- better than any human father.
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”Luke 11:13
B. Father God is excited and filled with joy as soon as we are born-again and enter the family and kingdom of God:
Note it says there is joy in the presence of the angels of God; in other words, Abba is rejoicing as well!
Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”Luke 15:10
C. At Jesus’ baptism, because His favour had grown, the Father stated His pleasure about Jesus:
And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”Matthew 3:17
D. This favour continued to grow until His glorification at the Mount of Transfiguration:
While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!”Matthew 17:5
3. Wisdom is the Cornerstone to Growing in Favour with God
A. Jesus increased in wisdom and as a result grew in favour with God and man.
B. Wisdom promotes:
Get wisdom! Get understanding!Proverbs 4:5
Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;
Love her, and she will keep you.
Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding
Exalt her, and she will promote you;
She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.
4. Favour comes from Intimacy in our Relationship with Jesus
A. There are favourites in God’s eyes because of closeness in relationship.
The apostle John had a close relationship with Jesus, closer than the rest of the twelve:
Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?”John 13:25
Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”John 20:2
B. Jesus only took three up the mountain of transfiguration:
Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves;Matthew 17:1
Because Peter and James and John were favoured by Jesus, only they saw Him glorified.
5. Favour comes through Seeking God
A. Because He rewards those who seek Him and grants them favour.
… and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.Hebrews 11:6
B. Because Joshua loved seeking God, he was promoted to lead Israel.
So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.Exodus 33:11
6. Favour with God comes through Living in Faith
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is,…Hebrews 11:6
Jesus favour came through His obedience, as a result, He was promoted.
though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.Hebrews 5:8
And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,
7. Favour with God comes from Faithfulness
When we utilise a grace given to us, this results in favour which means promotion.
His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’Matthew 25:21
8. Favour with God comes from Humility
A. When we move in humility, God’s favour comes upon us and we have access to the realms of heaven.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,Matthew 5:3
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Access to the kingdom of heaven means you can bring heaven to earth in your meetings – this is a sign of promotion!
9. Favour with God comes through Persecution for Righteousness Sake!
A. Persecution is one thing that brings us from glory to glory – that is a good reason to rejoice when persecution comes.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.Romans 8:18
B. Persecution brings the blessing (to be happy, envied), hence favour of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,Matthew 5:10
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
© Use by Permission Awakening Impact Ministries/ Dr Neville van Eerten 2021